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Why is it that 100 years later, people are still into stories about the Titanic?
by Her Majesty
A hundred years
later, we are still captivated by
the history and stories of romance aboard the
This year marks the hundredth Anniversary of the Titanic’s
maiden and only voyage, yet the passing of time has done little to diminish our
fascination with the “queen of the ocean” or our love of stories set upon the
ill-fated ship. This fall Summerside Press’ new American Tapestries™ line of
historical romance novels will set sail with the release of Queen
of the Waves (Summerside Press/October 2012/ISBN:
978-1-60936-685-8/$12.99), a story of love and destiny by Janice Thompson.
Queen of the Waves tells the story of
two families on opposite sides of the Atlantic that are shaken by the rise and
fall of the Titanic, “queen of the
ocean.” To help her daughter escape an arranged marriage, Jacqueline Abingdon’s
mother secretly purchases a ticket for Jacquie on the much-anticipated maiden
voyage of the Titanic. But unbeknownst
even to her mother, the pampered Jacquie has concocted a second scheme. Another
woman will board in her place, and Jacquie will elope with the family gardener
to a small village in the English countryside.
From a poor corner
of London, Tessa Bowen has been granted the opportunity of a lifetime — a
ticket to sail to America. But there’s a catch: She must assume Jacqueline
Abingdon’s identity. For the first time in her life, Tessa stays in expensive
quarters, dresses in luxurious gowns and dines with prestigious people. When a
wealthy young American man takes an interest in her, Tessa struggles to keep up
the ruse while she finds herself falling for him. When tragedy strikes, the game is up, and
Jacquie’s and Tessa’s lives are forever changed.
Queen of the Waves is the first
release in Summerside’s new American Tapestries™ series. Each novel in this
line sets a heart-stirring love story against the backdrop of an epic moment in
American history. Whether they fought in her battles, built her cities or
forged paths to new territories, a diverse tapestry of men and women shaped
this great nation into the Land of Opportunity. Even then, as is true now, the
search for romance was a major part of the American Dream.
with the idea of writing a book focused on the Titanic, Thompson expressed uncertainty, as it
would be a departure from her usual comedic approach to storytelling. However,
just a day later, she had the story idea and the first chapter. Once her
editors had read her ideas, Thompson was thrilled to learn they had decided to
make her book one of the debut releases in the new line.
of books and documentaries about the Titanic are readily available, research for Queen of the Waves proved to be a
daunting task. “When you write about an event such as this, particularly one
that has been so well documented in movies and books, you need to get your
facts right,” says Thompson. “Even the ‘little’ things like how long it took to
load everyone onto the ship can bog the writer down. Dozens and dozens of times
I would stop writing just to look something up.”
Thompson was able
to make the research and writing processes exciting and interactive by
utilizing social media. She had just started writing Queen of the Waves when she received
a note from a friend asking if I would be interested in taking a Titanic anniversary cruise. Her response
was, “No, thanks! The only Titanic cruise I would
consider taking would have to be a virtual one.” As she typed the words, the
idea hit: Set up a Facebook group, title it Queen of the Waves and invite
people on a “virtual” Titanic cruise. The
enthusiastic group grew to more than 200 members who used Pinterest and other
online tools to share photos, information and stories. The group even took part
in an online reenactment on the night of the anniversary.
In addition to the
romance and history, there is a spiritual aspect to the story. Thompson shares,
“Several of my characters (primarily Tessa) face their own destiny. They come
to grips with the brevity and value of life. They see first-hand what’s truly
important and what isn’t. Tessa learns
that her picture of God has been skewed since childhood. She discovers a
relationship with Him while onboard the ship, but that relationship is tested
the night the ship goes down.”
“Thompson keeps readers hooked and entertained until the end with a fast-paced, action-packed romance. The memorable characters want something more out of their difficult lives, and the results will surprise you as well as them.”
~ Romantic Times Book Review
“I absolutely loved this novel. Janice Thompson captures the true heart of the voyage and makes us feel as if we are a part of the Titanic. She also makes sure God's love shines through this tragedy and shows that He has better things in store!”
~ Cathy Peeling, great-niece of Edward Smith, captain of the Titanic
“Janice Thompson has concocted a tale I couldn’t put down. Queen of the Waves is a deft weaving of deceit confronted by truth, shame confounded by love, and guilt swallowed in forgiveness. Beautifully written, this is a very different take on Titanic’s many stories—one you won’t want to miss, one you won’t forget.”
~ Cathy Gohlke, Christy-Award winning author
About the Author
Award-winning author Janice Thompson, who also writes under the name Janice Hanna, has published nearly eighty books for the Christian market, crossing genre lines to write cozy mysteries, historicals, romances, nonfiction books, devotionals, children’s books and more.
She formerly served as vice president of the Christian Authors Network and was named the 2008 Mentor of the Year by the American Christian Fiction Writers. Thompson is passionate about her faith and does all she can to share the joy of the Lord with others, which is why she particularly enjoys writing. She does her best to keep the Lord at the center of it all.
Thompson lives in Spring, Texas, near her four grown daughters and young grandchildren. She leads a rich life with her family, a host of writing friends and two mischievous dachshunds.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 17th. Winner will be announced at the American Tapestries Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/18. Connect with authors Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson for an evening of book chat, trivia and fun! There will also be gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!
So grab your copy of Queen of the Waves and Where the Trail Ends and join Janice Thompson and Melanie Dobson on the evening of the October 18th for a chance to connect with the authors and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)
Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!